Paul to Reid: Easy on Bundy ranch talk

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Congress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration MORE (R-Ky.) says Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Klobuchar: 'I don't remember' conversation with Reid over alleged staff mistreatment Dems wary of killing off filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) needs to cool his rhetoric about the cattle grazing dispute in Nevada.

Paul, a potential 2016 candidate for president, said Reid's assertion that a rancher and his supporters are "domestic terrorists" could inflame tensions.

"I don't think calling people names is going to calm this down," Paul said on Fox News. "I think it's liable to stir it up. So I think all parties, including Sen. Reid, should calm the rhetoric a little bit. Let's try to have a peaceful resolution to this."

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Reid blasted the rancher, Cliven Bundy, and his supporters Thursday for bringing guns and children to his ranch.

Bundy has drawn an outpouring of support in his two-decade-long dispute with the government over grazing fees that were put in place in 1993. The government began seizing his cattle over the unpaid fees, which now amount to more than $1 million.

The Bureau of Land Management said it would continue to try to solve the situation “administratively and judicially" after ceasing the roundup over the weekend over safety concerns.

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